December 4, 2022

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The first coaching change of the 2022 season at the FCS level comes in Week 6 of the season. Josh Conklin has announced his resignation as the head coach for Wofford after four seasons. Wofford is currently 0-5 this season and has been outscored 150-36 over the first five games of the season.

Josh Conklin stepped into the head coaching role for the Terriers after a successful stint as a defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh. He immediately experienced success at Wofford as he led the Terriers to back-to-back FCS Playoff appearances and won two consecutive SoCon championships. The success did not continue for Conklin as Wofford has now lost 15 straight games and have gone 1-19 in the previous three seasons including the 0-5 start this season.

Conklin began his coaching career at South Dakota State as a graduate assistant before being promoted to the defensive backs/special teams coach in 2005. He then served as the defensive backs coach for Wofford for two seasons before being named the defensive coordinator for The Citadel. Conklin also had a one year stint at Tennessee before being the defensive coordinator at Florida International, which led to his position at Pittsburgh for three seasons. 

Wofford’s Director of Athletics Richard Johnson released the following statement following Conklin’s resignation.

“We appreciate the time and work that Josh has put into this program over the past five years, which included a pair of Southern Conference Championships. We wish nothing but the best for Josh and his family in the future.”

Assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Shawn Watson will serve as the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2022 season. Watson served as the head coach for Southern Illinois from 1994-1996. He also had notable stints as the offensive coordinator at Texas (2014-15), Louisville (2012-13), Nebraska (2007-10). 

Wofford will continue their 2022 season on the road against Samford this weekend, which will kickoff Saturday at 12pm/CT on ESPN+. 

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